avalanche awareness

Avalanche Awareness Course

The Avalanche Awareness Course is a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC)  accredited course.

The Avalanche Awareness course is for skiers, snowboarders, climbers and all backcountry travellers. 

The focus of the course is to give backcountry travellers the foundation skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and what to do if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.

Your instructor Mike Madden is a highly experienced mountain and ski guide having spent the last decade mountain and ski guiding in New Zealand and around the world. Mike works as an avalanche forecaster, senior guide, and lead guide for Harris Mountains heli-skiing in Queenstown as well as the Chief Guide for Queenstown Mountain Guides. Mike will share with you his personal real life experience in decision making, avalanche forecasting, and avalanche rescue.

The avalanche awareness course is held over one 3 hour evening session and then followed by a full day on a ski field. Prior to the course you need to complete the Online Avalanche Theory Course and QUIZ. This is a requirement for the field day and will help you get the most out of the course.

Avalanche Awareness Course skills syllabus

  • Introduction to the avalanche phenomenon - snowpack layering, triggers, avalanche types, avalanche sizes.
  • Avalanche terrain - slope angles, aspects, altitude/elevation, trigger points, terrain traps, avalanche terrain exposure scale
  • Conditions - Identifying signs of snow instability
  • Decision making
  • Safe travel techniques
  • Route finding in avalanche terrain
  • Rescue - Avalanche Transceivers, probing, shovelling technique
If you would like to attend the avalanche awareness course please complete the booking form http://www.queenstownmountainguides.co.nz/booking/
Once you fill out the booking form we will send you an invoice.  Payment of the invoice will confirm your place on the course. We will send out further information to the whole group closer to the course.

 

Other related trips

2 Day Backcountry Travel Course

Helicopter Ski Touring & Snowboarding Camp

6 Day Ski Mountaineering & Snowboarding Course

Sample Itinerary

Evening Lecture

Meet at 7.00pm at the Queenstown Mountain Guides Office for a 3 hour lecture and slide show on the avalanche phenomenon.

Field day

Meet at ski area at 9am. Full day in the field. The field day will finish at 4.30 pm

Price

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3 - 8

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1.5 days

$

$220

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n/a

Dates

2017 avalanche awareness dates:

AA # 1  30th June - 1st July

AA# 2  July 14th - 15th

AA # 3  July 28th - 29th

AA # 4  August 11th - 12th

AA # 5  August 25th - 26th

Experience Required

Whats Included

The price of the program includes

  • Guide fees
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees

The price of the program excludes

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Skis, snowboard, or snow shoes
  • Lift access fees if applicable
  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe (hire available for $20)

More Information

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